Choir concert inspires and fills audience with “Pure Imagination”

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Senior Ally Ong performing a solo on “Journey to the Past” from Anastasia with the cadet choir.

Choir showed their “True Light” last night and did not “Apologize” for making beautiful music at the February choir concert. The concert featured music from all three choirs and Madrigals (A Capella), and featured a variety of genres that entertained and surprised the audience.

Up first, Cadet Choir took to the stage, singing crowd favorites such as “Journey to the Past” from the Broadway musical “Anastasia” and “Everybody Has a Dream” by Billy Joel. The group was excited about the different genres featured in this concert, whereas in their last performance, the songs were a little slower and less upbeat.

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Senior Ally Ong performing a solo on “Journey to the Past” from Anastasia with the cadet choir.

“I love the repertoire featured in this concert,” freshman Olivia Rosenberg said. “The variation between songs (whether it be language or type) makes class time much more fun and enjoyable. I think the audience will be surprised by the starts of each song as they are nothing alike.”

Madrigals really spiced things up this concert with a cappella songs this concert, such as “Bad” by Michael Jackson. Senior Nicole Polizzi took the lead solo on that song and delivered a sassy rendition complete with a surprise dance break in the middle. It was the last song in their set, and the group blew audiences away with their singing talent and energetic performances. Senior Jackie Meyer and junior Jake Rehling sang a duet to OneRepublic’s “Apologize” and senior Chris Ziebert took the solo on “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac.

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The A Capella group performing “Bad” by Michael Jackson, featuring soloist and senior Nicole Polizzi.

“Singing ‘Bad’ was probably the most fun I’ve ever had on stage,” Polizzi said. “Especially when you’re dancing and interacting with everyone in A Capella.”

Choraliers followed A Capella, singing “The Water is Wide”, “I Lived”, “Holy is the Lord”, and “Light of a Clear Blue Morning”. The all-women’s choir shone onstage and featured several soloists and an a cappella piece. Similar to Cadet Choir, all of the women especially enjoyed the variety of music they performed for the audience.

“I think this what makes this concert enjoyable compared to the rest are the styles/genres of music we are singing,” sophomore Maggie Wisniewski said. “It’s definitely a greater variety.”

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Choraliers performing the hit song “I Lived” by OneRepublic, the final song in their set.

Concert choir delivered a set of songs that were centered around the theme of growing up and moving on, relating to the seniors in choir. They began with a powerful song, “John the Revelator” and followed with “Pure Imagination” from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. Then they sang “Homeward Bound,” a song about the important of arts and home, featuring soloists juniors Wilke Macariola and Camille Steahly. To finish off the concert, Concert Choir sang “True Light”, a crowd pleaser, featuring junior soloist Helena Koczur and senior soloist Robby Larson.

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Concert Choir moves off the risers for their performance of Homeward Bound, featuring soloists Camille Steahly and Wilke Macariola, who are both juniors.

“I liked the variety in songs,” said senior Brigid Young, concert choir member. “I felt there was a good mix of slow reflective pieces and upbeat fun pieces.”

Mrs. Marianetti, choir director, spoke to the choir about the theme of the concert and why she chose these songs specifically. She told Concert Choir that “Homeward Bound” is a song celebrating the arts and people who go out and pursue them, knowing they have people at home supporting them.

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Choral director Rebecca Marianetti speaking to parents about the next piece in the concert.

“It’s important because the arts are so encouraged at York and the message is not only portrayed in this choir concert but reflected on the staff and students here at York,” Young said.